Saturday event honors slain teen
INWOOD – Mary Stewart, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in a break-in nearly a decade ago, says the day she and her husband Randy give out the scholarship they established in her memory “the happiest day of the year.”
Saturday morning, hundreds are expected to come to South Berkeley to take part in a race/walk to raise money for the scholarship fund.
The third-annual Miana Stewart Scholarship Run/Walk 5K begins at 9 a.m. at Musselman Middle School in Inwood.
The Stewarts say the scholarship is another way to keep their daughter’s spirit alive. The scholarship is awarded to a female student who maintains a 3.5 GPA, is involved in an extracurricular activities and exhibits characteristics similar to Miana, who was involved in Spanish Club, FFA, band, basketball and Bible Club. She also had a passion for horseback riding and helping those in need.
“Miana was always thinking of others and a very happy girl,” Mary Stewart said. “It was instinctive for Miana to be thoughtful, to be nice, like the way she liked writing thank you notes to everyone.”
The first two years of the run-walk, the event has attracted about 250 participants ranging in age from 6 to 83. They have raised $21,000 in the last three years.
Planning the 5K can be arduous, Mary Stewart admits. “That’s when I step back and see Miana’s smiling face and know it is all worth it.”
Her husband is eager for Saturday’s event, too. “[It’s] very exciting to see the support and turnout each year in our community,” he said. “It is going to be a very fun event for all ages and a wonderful way to honor a very special girl’s memory.”
Want to go?
What: Third-annual Miana Stewart Scholarship Run/ Walk 5K
Where: Musselman Middle School, Inwood
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine
How much: $25
To know more: Register online at raceit.com or call 304-229-5299